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NAACP passes resolution supporting marriage equality

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced their passing of a resolution favoring same-sex marriage in Miami, Florida Saturday afternoon. NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous released a statement right after the resolution was official. “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil…

Chinese activist leaves for U.S. with family

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family left China on a plane bound for the United States Saturday, ending weeks of uncertainty in a saga that sorely tested China-US relations. Chen was whisked to Beijing’s airport from the hospital where he had been treated after his dramatic escape from house…

Two arrested in US over Chinese student killings

US police and federal investigators arrested two men over the killings of two Chinese graduate students which shocked Los Angeles last month, officials said. The men were detained in separate operations in south LA and Palmdale, north of the city, by teams including the LA Police Department (LAPD), the Federal…

Facebook windfall to help California fill budget hole

Facebook’s initial public offering will make lots of its staff in California rich — and should therefore help the perennially cash-strapped state fill a whopping $16 billion budget hole. According to official estimates, the record-setting IPO Friday will make a windfall of some $2.1 billion dollars for California, whose governor…

Guantanamo tribunal weighs separate 9/11 trials

A special US military tribunal at Guantanamo is weighing whether to hold separate trials for five accused plotters of the September 11 attacks, a defense lawyer said. The men, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay, were formally charged earlier this month with crimes that include murder and terrorism. They…

Obama urges lawmakers to defend Wall Street reform

US President Barack Obama urged members of Congress on Saturday to defend Wall Street reform, arguing the recovering US economy cannot take the risk of lax oversight over the financial sector. “That’s why it’s so important that members of Congress stand on the side of reform, not against it,” the…

Nato protesters arrested in Chicago raid held on terrorism conspiracy charges

Lawyer says men are ‘in shock’ over allegations they tried to make a Molotov cocktail ahead of Nato summit protests Three Nato protesters, arrested in a late night raid on Wednesday, have been charged on terrorism-related offences. Police claim the charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for…

Romney tells NATO leaders he’d be a better partner

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney urged NATO leaders gathering in Chicago this weekend to consider him a more reliable partner than President Barack Obama, whose actions “undermine” the alliance. The presumptive Republican nominee accused Obama of diminished international leadership and orchestrating nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the…

First Romney campaign ad promises tax cuts for the rich on ‘Day One’

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney unveiled Friday his first TV ad focused on the general election campaign, saying he’d repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, cut taxes and approve a key oil pipeline. The 30-second, upbeat advertisement is the Romney campaign’s first since he became the presumptive Republican nominee…

Video released of Trayvon Martin buying iced tea and Skittles

Prosecutors have released video footage of Trayvon Martin buying sweets and a drink in a Florida convenience store minutes before he was shot and killed in a confrontation with a neighbourhood watch leader. The scenes recorded at the 7-Eleven close to the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford show…

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